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Does the US Do Enough to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation?

Does the US Do Enough to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation?

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we will be examining articles that allow us to reflect on the past, present, and future of women. We encourage you to read our summaries as well as the articles themselves and share this with your friends. If you want to learn more about the history of Women’s History Month, start here. If you have feedback or suggestions for future articles, contact Kate Mazzotta, Communications Manager, at

More than 50 countries around the world have banned the practice of female genital mutilation. The World Health Organization states that the practice has no health benefits, is dangerous, and is a violation of human rights.

Yet when a federal law banning genital mutilation was brought before district court Judge Bernard Friedman, he ruled that individual states, not Congress, should decide how to regulate the practice. Now, activists warn that tens of thousands of girls are at risk.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, however, says that the real number of girls at risk is over 500,000. 

Read the full story from Mother Jones here.

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